Nintendo Switch Netflix App Still Possible But Not Confirmed Yet

The Nintendo Switch launched in March with no video streaming services whatsoever. Nintendo said this was because it wanted to focus on games and games alone for launch, and that strategy seems to have worked, as the console has sold incredibly well thus far. The video streaming service Hulu was added in November 2017 but Netflix is still nowhere to be seen. All hope is not lost however, as Netflix has now confirmed that it remains in discussions with Nintendo about bringing a Netflix app to the Switch…someday.

“We are still exploring the opportunity with Nintendo, but don’t have definitive plans to share at this time,” a Netflix spokesperson told Polygon.

The Netflix support Twitter account recently alarmed some Switch owners when it tweeted about there being “no plans” to launch a Netflix app on the hybrid console. That tweet has since been removed. The statement from Netflix is more open-ended and positive-sounding.

It seems like it is only a matter of time before Netflix comes to the Switch. Before the Switch was released, Nintendo executive Reggie Fils-Aime said the company was in discussions with Netflix and others to bring their services to the console.

The Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling console ever in the US for its first 10 months. Worldwide, the system has now sold 7.63 million units, though this figure is only accurate as of September 30 so it does not include any holiday sales. Nintendo will update the sales figure when it reports earnings next, on January 31.

PS4 Studio Quantic Dream Denies Allegations Of Poor Studio Culture And Harassment

[UPDATE] A translation one of the original reports was not entirely accurate regarding the claims levied against Quantic Dream co-founder Guillaume de Fondaumiere. A translation originally claimed that the executive was accused of “pushing kisses” on employees during parties. But the more accurate translation relates to the tradition of air-kissing when people meet. de Fondaumiere stands accused of taking this to a more inappropriate level, though he told Eurogamer, “Please note I categorically refute all allegations, in particular ‘hitting on staff.'”

The original story is below.

Quantic Dream, the French studio headed by David Cage and responsible for games like Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and the upcoming Detroit: Become Human, has found itself in the middle of controversy over claims that it has an unhealthy working culture. Reports published in French media today, translated and reported on by Eurogamer, accuse Quantic Dream and co-founders Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumiere of acting inappropriately. Cage and de Fondaumiere told French newspaper Le Monde that they are “very surprised” and “shocked” by what they called “rantings” of developers who have since left the studio. Quantic Dream put out a statement today, January 14, responding to what it described as “various allegations” against it, denying everything.

“We categorically deny all of these allegations,” the statement says. “Quantic Dream filed a complaint several months ago and further complaints will follow. We invite interested parties to read the response of our Employee Representative and Health & Security Committee to questions submitted by the journalists prior to publication. Inappropriate conduct or practices have no place at Quantic Dream.”

“We have taken and always will take such grievances very seriously. We value every single person who works at Quantic Dream. It is of utmost importance to us that we maintain a safe environment that allows us all to channel our shared passion for making video games.”

One part of the report is regarding hundreds of photoshopped images that show some of Quantic Dream’s “collaborators” in sexual positions and with references to homophobic or sexist slurs,” Le Monde reported. These images, which reportedly date back to 2013, were apparently sent in group emails and even made their way to Cage and de Fondaumiere. It was in early 2017 that many of the images were discovered, at which time complaints were made. According to the report, Cage and de Fondaumiere said they only saw the images that “were funny or more or less amusing” before that time.

Also in the reports, it is claimed that Cage demands long hours from his employees and does not always listen to others. He also stands accused of making dirty jokes and not doing enough to consider the opinions of female colleagues. Quantic Dream has a staff of around 180 people; around 83 percent are male, apparently.

For his part, Cage said the claims are “ridiculous, absurd, and grotesque.” He added: “You want to talk about homophobia? I work with Ellen Page, who fights for LGBT rights. You want to talk about racism? I work with Jesse Williams, who fights for civil rights in the USA… Judge me by my work.”

de Fondaumiere is alleged to have hit on staff at parties. He said in response, “It’s absolutely false. None of any of this happened at any evening event.”

You can read Eurogamer’s full report here, while stories in the French media (which are published in French), can be read through the links below. Note that some of the stories contain images that may not be safe for work.

  • Le Monde
  • Mediapart
  • Canard PC

Quantic Dream’s next game is Detroit: Become Human, which arrives this year for PlayStation 4. It tells the story of androids who are coming to terms with their own sentience.

Saudi Arabia Lifts Movie Theatre Ban After 35 Years, Emoji Movie Among The First Shown

Saudi Arabia banned movie theatres back in the early ’80s, but this ban was lifted back in December. One of the first screenings took place this past weekend, and it was a double feature of The Emoji Movie and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. The movies were shown at a makeshift theatre in the city of Jeddah, according to a report from Reuters.

Movie theatres had been banned in Saudi Arabia for 35 years. The ban in the 80s came as a result of “pressure from Islamists as Saudi society turned towards a particularly conservative form of religion that discouraged public entertainment and public mixing between men and women,” Reuters reported.

Saudi Arabia’s 32-year-old Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, pushed a number of reforms to help bring movie theatres to the country. The first permanent movie theatres in Saudi Arabia could open in March, and the aim is for 300 cinemas and 2,000 screens to be available by 2030. The Saudi Arabian film industry is expected to add $24 billion to the country’s economy and create 30,000 jobs.

Films shown in Saudi Arabia will be censored to keep with the nation’s “moral values,” though it is unclear what specific changes will be made to films to comply.

This is a big move for the historically ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, which previously banned concerts. Additionally, Saudi Arabia only recently gave women the right to drive and attend public soccer matches, according to The New York Times.

E3 Organizer Rips Trump For His Reported “Sh*thole Countries” Comment

The Entertainment Software Association, the group that organizes E3 every year and represents the video game industry’s interests in Washington, has come out with a statement ripping President Trump’s recent and controversial “sh*thole countries” comment. In a statement to Polygon, the ESA condemned Trump’s comments, saying they run counter to the values of America.

“America’s greatness is built on our diversity,” the ESA said. “The president’s repulsive comments undermine the fundamental values of who we are as a country. There is no place in our society for this type of backward thinking, and we condemn it in the strongest terms.”

According to Illinois senator Dick Durbin, Trump said in a recent meeting discussing visas, “Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?” He reportedly added: “We should bring in more people from places like Norway.”

Trump denied using the term “sh*thole,” but Durbin said the president not only used that word but claimed that he said it multiple times. Speaking today in Florida, Trump declared, “I am not a racist,” according to the Associated Press.

The ESA is one of the video game industry’s biggest and most important groups in the United States. Its members include some of the biggest and best known in gaming, including Activision, Bethesda, Electronic Arts, Take-Two, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros.

This is not the first time the ESA has responded to something Trump has done. In September last year, the ESA applauded Trump’s big new plans to bolster science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs across the country.

Trump is of course a controversial president, and the ESA does not agree with everything he says and does, as evidenced by the new statement about his recent comments. Back at E3 last year, ESA president Michael Gallagher said Trump’s eagerness to make tonally-off comments and when he does anything to impact the trust people might have for the highest office in the country, that can be bad for gaming too.

“Now we have a new administration in Washington that has brought some challenges. Everybody here is aware of them,” Gallagher said at the time. “You’re following them or feeling them. Gamers are feeling it both ways. Almost everyone in this country is a gamer, and almost 80 percent of gamers voted in the last election. Our job is to deliver the outputs and policy that extend and protect the frontiers of this industry.”

In addition to applauding Trump’s new STEM plans, Gallagher said the ESA supports Trump’s efforts in the area of tax cuts and repatriation.

Last Chance To Catch This Pokemon Go Legendary

Pokemon Go’s first Gen 3 Legendary, Groudon, has been a regular presence in Raid Battles since it first began appearing last month, but it won’t be available for much longer. The powerful Ground Pokemon is scheduled to leave the game tomorrow, January 15, making this your last opportunity to add it to your team.

Like most of Pokemon Go’s other Legendaries thus far, Groudon is an exceptionally powerful Pokemon that can only be found at Gyms. Players will need to team up with other Trainers in order to battle it, and only after Groudon has been defeated will you earn a chance to capture it. Groudon is a Ground-type, which makes it susceptible to Water-, Ice-, and Grass-type Pokemon such as Vaporeon, Articuno, and Exeggutor.

Groudon will appear in Raid Battles until 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET on January 15. Meanwhile, its counterpart from Pokemon Sapphire, Kyogre, has just begun appearing in Pokemon Go. Kyogre likewise can be found in Raid Battles and will be available until February 14. Players can also still catch the Legendary Psychic-type Mewtwo, although that Pokemon is a bit more difficult to find. Unlike other Legendaries, Mewtwo only appears in EX Raids, which require an invitation to participate in.

Pokemon Go developer Niantic recently announced a new monthly event for the game called Community Days. These real-world events have players gather in local parks to meet other Trainers and capture Pokemon, including a special Pokemon that knows an exclusive move. For this month’s Community Day, players will have a chance to encounter a Pikachu that can use Surf.

Top New Games Out This Week On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC – January 14

It’s a new year, and New Releases is back to tell you about some of the hottest game releases every Sunday. This week kicks (and punches) off with Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, but you can also throw down on 3DS with Kirby Battle Royale or fight together with Full Metal Furies. For a more investigative experience, you can jack into Digimon: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory, or simply zen out with InnerSpace.

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition — January 16

Available on: PS4, PC

The latest Street Fighter outing adds a much-requested Arcade Mode to the game, plus a bunch of other improvements and modes. Those who purchased the original can get all of that content in a free update. Arcade Edition also nets you all the current DLC fighters, who won’t be a part of that update.

Further Reading:

  • Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Release Date Confirmed; Has New Modes And Redesigned Gameplay
  • Six New Street Fighter 5 Characters Confirmed For Season 3 Of Content

InnerSpace — January 16

Available on: PS4, XONE, PC, Switch

For a less violent time, InnerSpace lets you explore worlds at your own pace, flying through the air or diving into the water. You can uncover the history of the world via relics, and interact with the environment to find deeper secrets behind the scenes.

Full Metal Furies — January 17

Available on: XONE, PC

Was Rogue Legacy too hard for you? Well, the next game from the same studio is Full Metal Furies, which will let you battle monsters with your friends. You’ll want them by your side, since winning the battle requires multiple classes and strategies, but if you must play alone, you can still toggle between classes yourself to get the same effect.

Further Reading:

  • 13 Coolest Games You’ve Never Heard Of

Kirby Battle Royale — January 19

Available on: 3DS

Speaking of playing with friends, Kirby’s latest adventure lets you battle each other in a variety of modes like Slam Hockey and Robo Bonkers. You can challenge others locally or online in ranked matches, all while unraveling the mean King Dedede’s plot.

Further Reading:

  • New Kirby Game Announced For 3DS

Digimon: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory — January 19

Available on: PS4, Vita

Digimon fans can also embark on a new adventure with the sequel to 2015’s Cyber Sleuth. You’ll start with your choice of 3 digital monsters, before encountering over 300 others as you track down a hacker who stole your identity. You’ll see some familiar faces from the first game too.

Dragon Ball FighterZ: Every Super Move

Dragon Ball FighterZ is almost here, and for Dragon Ball fans, there’s a lot to look forward to. Bandai Namco revealed three Dragon Ball Super characters for the game’s roster–Goku Black, Beerus, and Hit. In the video above, you can watch every launch character’s super moves, from the latest reveals to series favorites Goku and Vegeta.

Dragon Ball FighterZ follows a 3v3 format similar to more recent Marvel vs. Capcom games. It has a new story mode that seems to take place sometime after the Universe 6 Saga, and it introduces a brand new character, Android 21. It also features “Dramatic Scenes” that recreate iconic moments from the series in-game.

A beta of Dragon Ball FighterZ begins on January 14 at 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET and runs until January 16. Out of the 24 fighters confirmed for launch, 11 are playable in the beta.

Dragon Ball FighterZ releases for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on January 26. If you plan on picking up the PC version, make sure you meet Dragon Ball FighterZ’s minimum and recommended specs. The game will have a season pass that adds eight more characters to the roster post-launch.

Let’s Play Resident Evil 7 Finale – Resident Kinevil

It’s all been building up to this–jump scares, sibling rivalries, redemptive boss fights and all.

When Mike Mahardy learned that former GameSpot producer Mary Kish had only played one Resident Evil game, he set about changing that. As of now, through Resident Kinevil, she’s beaten every numbered entry in the longstanding series, and has a newfound appreciation for one of video games’ oldest franchises.

This week, she finishes Resident Evil VII: Biohazard. She also runs into an old friend. Her and Mike finally discuss future plans, and bid farewell to this leg of their Resident Kinevil journey.

To catch up on all previous episodes of the show, visit its GameSpot page here. You can also watch it on YouTube here. If you’ve been with us since the beginning, thank you. If you’re just joining now: you’re in for a very dumb trip.

Betas And Updates Star In This Week’s PlayStation News

PlayStation already has a solid lineup of exclusive titles in the works, like Concrete Genie and Dreams, but this week’s news isn’t about those imaginative titles. This week is all about the updates to games we already know and love, and open betas.

This weekend has two of this month’s PlayStation 4 betas, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Dissdia Final Fantasy NT. Monster Hunter World’s final beta will come later this month with new content. Updates are coming to Destiny 2 and Fortnite: Battle Royale, and we’ve gotten a sneak peek at the DLC coming to Assassin’s Creed Origins and Monster Hunter World. PlayStation Now also added 16 new titles this week, and January’s free PlayStation Plus titles are available now.

Forthcoming Releases

How PS4 Exclusive Concrete Genie Will Make You Care About Its Strange Creatures

New Monster Hunter World Video Showcases Gorgeous Coral Highlands Area

Dark Souls Remastered On Xbox One, PS4, And PC Announced

Dragon Ball FighterZ’s PC: Specs, Requirements, And Release Date Detailed

PS4 And Xbox One Remaster Of Assassin’s Creed Rogue Coming In March

Final Fantasy 15 Royal Edition Leaks Through Ratings Board Listing

Updates/DLC

Destiny 2 To Add Masterwork Armor, Rework Mods, And More In Future Updates

Destiny 2 Servers Going Offline Next Week, Here’s When And For How Long

Fortnite: Battle Royale Revamps Its Map With New Areas And Improvements Next Week

Assassin’s Creed Origins Adds Free Update And Premium DLC This Month

Here’s What Monster Hunter World’s First Free DLC Adds

Betas

PS4 Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Beta Begins Today, Doesn’t Require PS Plus

Dragon Ball FighterZ Beta Begins This Weekend

The Final Monster Hunter World Beta Announced With New Content, But It’s PS4-Only Again

PlayStation Network

PS4’s Free PS Plus Games For January 2018 Are Downloadable Now

PlayStation Now Adds 16 Games, See Them All Here

PS4 Game Sale: PSN Deals From Now Until Jan. 16

The “Duke” OG Xbox Controller For Xbox One And PC Gets Price And Release Date

Hyperkin showed off plenty of neat retro accessories at CES 2018, but one of the standouts was the original Xbox controller, commonly referred to as the Duke. This hulking gamepad is oddly making a comeback by the end of March according to Hyperkin for $70 USD. Official international pricing hasn’t been stated but one can estimate £50 GBP and $90 AUD.

Given that it was happily succeeded by the Xbox S controller during the first generation of Microsoft’s console, the Duke’s return taps into perplexing nostalgia. However, after getting our hands on it at CES, we noticed that it does have some modern touches. While button placement is exactly the same as before, there are two tiny shoulder buttons to act as the black and white buttons, which are also still functional on the controller. The Duke is noticeably lighter than its forebear as well.

A closer look at The Duke. (Sean Buckley/CNET)
A closer look at The Duke. (Sean Buckley/CNET)

In terms of other modern features, the Xbox One’s view and menu buttons are found in the middle. But at dead-center where the Xbox logo once stood is a huge circle that plays the boot-up screen animation of the original console when it’s pressed. The Duke will only work through a wired micro USB connection and it is compatible with PC, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.

Sean Hollister from CNET (GameSpot’s sister site) spoke with Seamus Blackley, co-creator of the Xbox, about how and why the massive gamepad is coming back. Blackley said it’s “miraculous” that he got Microsoft’s approval, but continued:

“I discovered to my horror and fascination that The Duke was an object of nostalgia and comfort and happiness and childhood memories, and all these people with big hands saying it was the only controller that was comfortable.”

“I contacted Phil [Spencer, Head of Xbox], who was a buddy of mine, and asked, ‘Phil, is this crazy enough to do?’ and some of the hardware guys who were there when the Xbox was on the drawing board said we should absolutely do it.”

Hyperkin is digging up the past in more ways than one; check out our impressions on the Game Boy remake called the Ultra GB. For more on what came out of CES 2018, be sure to read through our roundup of the best gaming hardware at the show, and best accessories on display.